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Alex Lewis

Bioenergy and Biofuels


Supervising Faculty: Abhijeet Borole

Alex grew up in northern California and attended the University of California – San Diego. During undergrad and post-graduation as a Laboratory Technician he worked on the transformation of the chloroplast in marine algal strains for recombinant enzyme production. He later worked at Synthetic Genomics Inc. working in Production R&D testing algal strains for biofuel production. He is now studying community dynamics in microbial electrolysis cells for the production of hydrogen from biomass.


Bachelor of Science in Environmental Systems - University of California–San Diego

Awards and Recognitions


Georgianna, D. R., Hannon, M. J., Marcuschi, M., Wu, S., Botsch, K., Lewis, A. J., … Mayfield, S. P. (2013). Production of recombinant enzymes in the marine alga Dunaliella tertiolecta. Algal Research, 2(1), 2–9. doi:10.1016/j.algal.2012.10.004

Lewis, A. J., Ren, S., Ye, X., Kim, P., Labbe, N., & Borole, A. P. (2015). Hydrogen production from switchgrass via an integrated pyrolysis-microbial electrolysis process. Bioresource Technology, 195, 231–41. doi:10.1016/j.biortech.2015.06.085

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